FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE STUDENT HANDBOOK SPRING '85 ACADEMIC POLICIES Outlined here are several Fitchburg State College Academic Policies. Reading through them will help you to understand how the college Is run and how It works for you. Refer to them, for example, when you need to know how to leave a course without penalty. Adding And Dropping Courses If you want to add a class or drop one at the beginning of the semester you can do so during the Add-Drop Period. During the first two weeks of the semes- ter, you may add a class to your schedule as long as the meeting times don*t conflict with any other classes you are registered for. You must personally ask the proiessor If you may be added to the class. The pro- fessor will have to fill out a Red Add-Card and turn It into the Registrar's Office. This will Insure that the add request will not be rejected. To drop a class during this period, you simply ask the professor to fill out a drop card with your name and student ID num- ber on it. It is a good idea to drop during the first few days of classes so any students waiting to add will be able to do so. Withdrawing From A Course After the two-week Add-Drop period you still have until the mid-point of the semes- ter (usually the end of the eighth week of classes) to withdraw from a class. If you drop a class after the Add-Drop period and before the midpoint of the semester^you will have "withdrawn" from the class and will receive a grade of "W" for the course. You may take the course again and finish it, but the original "W" will remain on your transcript. To withdraw, you first fill out a Course Withdrawal Form which you can get from the Registrar's Office. Go to the professor from whose course you are withdrawing, get his/her signature on the form, have your faculty advisor sign it, sign the form yourself, and return It to the Registrar's Of- fice. Should a withdrawal from a course re- sult in your having to carry less than 12 credits for the rest of the semester (see Determining Semester Credit Load), you should speak with your advisor, see the Undergraduate Dean, or visit the Academic Advising Center before you go through with the withdrawal. Hints on Withdrawing You may want to consider withdrawing from a course: If you are doing poorly and do not want to risk falling or getting a low grade. You have to be willing to make up the credits if the withdrawal leaves you short of the credits required to graduate. Or, if the time you put into the course is affecting the qual- ity of the work in your professional or de- gree-related courses. Or, you may consider auditing the remainder of the course after you withdraw so you can do better if you plan on retaking it in the future. Auditing A Course You may audit a course without being registered for it as long as the professor doesn't mind. vvnen auditing a course, the professor may or may not require you do the class- work or take exams. Audited courses do not appear on your official transcript. Changing Your Major If you want to change your major you should first speak to the Chairperson of the department you are interested in entering and convince him/her of your sincerity in changing over to that department. If that Chairperson approves of your en- tering the department, get a Major Change Form from the Registrar's Office, bring it to your current faculty advisor and current Department Chairperson, and have them both sign it. They will arrange to send your records to your new department. Next, have the Chairperson of the depart- ment you are entering sign the form. Your new Department Chairperson will assign you an advisor in your new department. Sign the form yourself and return it to the Registrar's Office. You will now be registered under a new major. You must complete all the require- ments of your new major as they are stated at the time you enter the major. Some majors are much more difficult to transfer into than others. Contact the ap- propriate Department Chairperson for spe- cific details. Withdrawing From The College If you are thinking about leaving school for a semester or permanently, contact the Un- dergraduate Dean, or the Vice President for Student Affairs. Withdrawal forms may be obtained at any of these offices. Residence Hall stu- dents should contact the Director of Resi- dence Life first when contemplating with- drawal so space can be offered to a student in need of housing. Completing the proper procedures and paperwork necessary for withdrawal will help you get back Into college with a mini- mum of difficulty if you decide to return. Readmission, however, is not guaranteed. It is based on enrollment at the time you wish to be readmitted. Depending on when you withdraw, your transcripts will note the withdrawal in the following manner: If you officially withdraw before the end of the Add /Drop period, you will receive no grades for the semester. A notation that you withdrew on a certain date will be all that is recorded; If you officially withdrew between the end of the Add / Drop period and the end of the eighth week of classes you will receive a grade of "W" in all your courses (see With- drawing From A Course); If you officially withdraw after the end of the eighth week of classes, you will receive a 0.0 In all your courses. This is still better than not officially withdrawing. An official withdrawal will look better on your record if you decide to return to school sometime In the future. Illness, Injury, or personal emergency are circumstances that may allow you to with- draw from the College after the end of the eighth week of classes without receiving a grade of 0.0 in your courses. If you find you must withdraw after the eighth week for one of these reasons, contact the Under- graduate Academic Dean as soon as possi- ble. If you do not follow the proper proce- dures for withdrawal, no matter what the circumstances are, you will receive a grade of 0.0 in all the courses you were taking at the time of withdrawal. Unofficial with- drawal may hamper your efforts to return to school, and the grades of 0.0 will remain on your permanent records until you retake the failed courses at Fitchburg State Col- lege. Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress Financial Aid recipients and Varsity Sport participants are expected to be making "Satisfactory Academic Progress" towards a baccalaureate degree. Satisfactory Academic Progress means that you must take and successfully pass at least 24 credits before beginning your third full-time semester at Fitchburg State College; 48 credits before your fifth full- time semester; and 72 credits before your seventh full-time semester. Full-time or part-time status is deter- mined at the end of the Add /Drop period. Exception to the above policy may be made by obtaining a Petition for Waiver Form from the Undergraduate Dean. Attending Classes (Prolonged Absence) Your professors will explain their attend- ance policies during the first class meeting. Should attendance in any class have to be verified, the professor of the class in ques- tion will be asked for proof of your attend- ance as he/she is responsible for keeping track of how often you come to class. Many professors also refer to their course attendance records when determining grades so if you must take a prolonged ab- sence on file in the Student Affairs Office. It is then your responsibility to notify all your professors about your absence. ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS Fitchburg State College Is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, The National Council for Accredi- tation of Teacher Education, and the Na- tional League for Nursing. The New Eng- land Association of Schools and Colleges Is one of six nationally recognized regional ac- crediting associations in the United States and Is the official accrediting agency for schools and colleges In the six New Eng- land States. Institutional membership In the Association Indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Fitchburg State College is a member of: The American Association of Col- leges of Teacher Education; The Col- lege Entrance Examination Board; The American Association of Col- leges of Nursing; The American As- sociation of State Colleges and Uni- versities; American Association of University Women; The International Association of Colleges and Universi- ties; The American Council on Education and The New England As- sociation of College Admissions Counselors SUPPORT SERVICES Fltchburg State College Is a lot more than students and professors. There are services on campus that assist you In finding work after graduation. In Ironing out any stress- ful situations you may encounter, and In disciplining yourself to do better In your classes. These are support services; they are some of the most vital gears In the well- oiled FSC machine. Help yourself to what they have to offer, after all, you deserve the best! Students Affairs Office SANDERS BLDG. MAIN FLOOR. RM. 222 Ext. 3130, 3131 The Student Affairs Office Is the chief office for student services. Services Include pro- grams for veterans, handicapped students, judicial systems, and new student orienta- tion. Moreover, this office is responsible for seeing that you receive personal attention and find solutions or alternatives to non- academic problems. In a broader sense the Student Affairs Of- fice is responsible for your development. This includes opportunities which chal- lenge and facilitate student growth. We try to ensure an environment which promotes serious learning and encourages a search- ing, curious attitude. We also strive to create a mutually supportive college com- munity that stimulates growth of the aca- demic and social personality. Career Services Center HAMMOND BUILDING 3rd FLOOR, RM. 313 Ext. 3151 The Career Services Center provides a vari- ety of services to complement your educa- tional and career planning. The staff as- sists in increasing your self-understanding and effectiveness in making career deci- sions. The resources of the Center are also available to FSC Alumni. Among the ser- vices provided are: career counseling, voca- tional testing consultation, seminars and workshops on career planning and aspects of the job search, resume critiques, part- time and full-time job vacancy postings, credentials services, and on-campus inter- views. The Center publishes a newsletter, The Edge, on a regular basis and prepares an annual placement report on the gradu- ating class. The Center maintains an extensive li- brary of career information. An extensive collection of standardized testing are ad- ministered through the Center. The Center is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays. Counseling Center HAMMOND BUILDING 3rd FLOOR. RM. 313 Ext. 3151 The Counseling Center provides a variety of services for personal growth. You can be assisted toward actualizing your potential through increased self-understanding, ef- fective decision making, and creative cop- ing skills. A wide range of personal concerns are dealt with Including: questions pertaining to self-confidence, parental pressures, test anxiety, relationships and personal crisis. Individual and group counseling ses- sions are available in a confidential setting. The center maintains a referral network for students seeking services elsewhere. Psychological emergencies are handled at any time by Burbank Hospital Emer- gency Room, phone 343-5000. Financial Aid Office SANDERS BUILDING LOWEL LEVEL Ext. 3156.3157 Fitchburg State College administers and coordinates a variety of financial aid pro- grams. You should begin application proce- dures well in advance of the term for which you are seeking assistance and should ob- serve the deadline for the various programs for which you plan to apply. If you are Interested in specific programs or if you wish to seek specific or updated In- formation, you should consult the Finan- cial Aid Office as early as possible for assistance in your financial aid planning. Food Service by D AKA HOLMES DINING COMMONS Ext. 3229 or phone (617) 345-2551 Fitchburg State College Is lucky to have spacious facilites and a good food program to serve you and the many other resident and commuter students, faculty, staff and guest. A pleasant dining atmosphere not only reflects a civilized community, it also respects the needs of others to enjoy a few moments of conversation or quiet during a busy day. If there are grievances of any kind about the food service In any of its locations, con- tact one of the following: Chet Connors. Food Service Director: Dave Hill, Associate Director: Holmes Dining Commons (6 1 7) 345-2 151. Ext. 3229: or any member of the student food committee (names available from Vice President for Student Affairs, or the Treasurer). The food committee meets regularly and will discuss all concerns from nutrition to noise. If the grievances seem unattended, con- tact Dr. Lon Vlckers, Vice President for Stu- dent Affairs. In the event of unruly behavior in the dining areas such as loud or prolonged dis- turbances: throwing of food; verbal harass- ment of the food service staff or other mem- bers of the college community or its guests, the manager or supervisor has the right to ask the offending party to leave the prem- ises or to pursue disciplinary action through the Campus Judicial Board. Academic Advising Center Thompson Hall 1st Floor. Rm. 115 Ext. 3321 The purpose of the Academic Advising Center is to help you with academically re- lated problems for which you see no clear or obvious solution. You are Invited to in- terpret the phrase "academically related problems" however you wish. For example, you may seek counseling in one of the fol- lowing areas: Change of Major Academic Probation Career Exploration Changing Course Schedules Selection of a Major (For undeclared students) Special Problems of Older Students Support Group for Mature and Returning Students (MARS) Members of the teaching faculty serve as counselors at the Academic Advising Cen- ter. Campus Security The Campus Security Department is re- sponsible for the safety and security of the college community. The Department is dedicated to protecting the life and property of you and your fellow students and the prevention and detection of crime. All parking facilities at Fitchburg State College are regulated by authorized identi- fication stickers available at the Campus Security Office. Students who live In Campus Residence Hall facilities are not allowed to have a car on campus. Overnight parking for students Is re- stricted to Junior and Senior students whose curriculum requires travel to nurs- ing, teaching, or Internship assignments. Overnight parking Is banned on all City streets from December 1 to April 1 , or If a snow storm of 3 Inches or more occurs prior to December 1 . More specific information Is contained In the booklet entitled "Motor Vehicle Regula- tions" available at the Campus Security Office. Newman Center 281 HIGHLAND AVE. (617)345-2688 The Newman Center provides the presence of the Church on the Fitchburg State Col- lege campus. Located across from the Sand- ers Administration Building on Highland Avenue, the Center was designed to be a religious, cultural, and social gathering place for the College community. Through the effort of its staff, the Center offers a climate where you can raise basic questions without fear, receiving an honest response to an Individual need, and have a home where you can relax In a small infor- mal atmosphere. Father Richard Lewandowski Is the Chaplain of the Center, Deacon Benjamin Nogueira and Lois Noguelra are Pastoral Associates. They are available for counsel- ing and spiritual direction. Health Services If you become ill, have a minor accident, or need advice on birth control or other medi- cal information, the Health Service's friendly efficient staff of certified medical personnel is prepared to serve you. The Health Service is located in the An- thony Building and the phone number is (617) 345-2151, ext. 3126. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Appointments: 8:00 - 10:00 AM and 1:30-3:00 PM. Appointments with the M.D.: Mon. and Fri. 12:30-2:30 PM: Tues. 4:00-6:00 PM. Walk-in Hours: 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon and 3:00^1:00 PM every day. Appointments should be made for all non-emergency problems, whenever possi- ble. If you can't keep an appointment, please call so your time be given to another student. All of your medical records and Health Service visits are completely confidential. No information is released to anyone, in- cluding college authorities or parents, with- out your prior permission. Emergencies Health emergencies occurring on campus should be referred immediately to the Health Service if they occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. After 4:30 PM, you may contact Campus Security at ext. 3111 and make arrangements to be taken to Burbank Hospital. There are Fitchburg State College first aid manuals available at the Campus Center Information Desk, Campus Police and in the Residence Halls. Jennifer Collins '85 Thanks! Written by Shaun Rouine '84 Student Intern Secretarial Support ....Kathy Gillberg Susan Petrullo Student Affairs Office Photographers Shaun Rouine '84 Jennifer Collins '84 Jacqueline Masson '85 Supervision Joseph P. Farragher Student Affairs Office COLLEGE GOVERNANCE The All College Council (ACC) offers you the opportunity to participate In making the rules that: Govern student conduct, deter- mine academic progress and graduation standards, develop and change curriculum. The ACC is composed of three students, five faculty, and three administrators. You may apply to serve on ACC by contacting the Student Government Association. As a student member, you share equal voting power with faculty and administrative members in forwarding decisions and recommendations to the President. Through SGA you may also apply for a position on one of the following ACC Standing Committees: Academic Policies, Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Long Range Planning. All matters coming before the ACC are re- ferred for preliminary discussion and vote to these subcommittees. The All College Council usually meets the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year in the Campus Center, rooms G-04, 05, and 06 (adjacent to G-Lobby). The Standing Committees usu- ally meet on the third Wednesday of the month. You are encouraged to participate either as an appointed voting member, or as an observer, since all meetings are open to everyone. You may bring a proposal before the ACC yourself or as part of a recognized student group. Proposals may also be brought be- fore the council by any member of the staff, faculty, or administrator. Student Government Association The Student Government Association in- cludes all full time students at Fitchburg State College. The Student Government Association Council includes an Executive Board, offi- cers and representatives from each class, officers from each residence hall and a Commuter's Board. The Executive Board conducts SGA Council meetings which are held every Tuesday during the semester at 7:00 PM in room G-04 of the Campus Center, distrib- utes the SGA budget which is funded by the student activity fee you pay along with your tuition, and oversees and approves the activities of campus student organiza- tions. Executive Board positions include President. Vice President, Treasurer, Assis- tant Treasurer, Secretary, Public Informa- tion Officer and Student Trustee. Each class has a President, Vice Presi- dent, Secretary, and four Representatives to plan fundralsing activities and host spe- cial events. The Freshman Class, for exam- ple, is responsible for running the Winter Carnival Semi-Formal In February and the Senior Class organizes Senior Week at the end of Spring Semester. Each Residence Hall has a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary to sponsor hall activities, budget residence hall dues, and determine judicial action. If you have concerns about the quality of on- campus living, speak to your floor or suite representative or a residence hall officer. The Commuter's Board has six positions: President, Vice President, and one repre- sentative from each of the four classes. The Commuter's Board Is your SGA representa- tive body if you live off-campus in the col- lege neighborhood or if you commute from nearby towns. In addition, the Board pro- vides you with information on renter's rights, encourages community relations (the annual Thanksgiving raffle to benefit needy families is one way) and will act on ACADEMIC CALENDARS Spring 1985 January 20 Sunday 21 Monday February 4 Monday 15 Friday 18 Monday . 21 Thursday March . 15 Friday 24 Sunday 25 Monday April 5 Friday 15 Monday 25 Thursday May 13 14-23 Monday June 2 Proposed Fall 1985 September 2 Monday 4 Wednesday 18 Wednesday October Wednesday 3 14 30 Thursday Monday Wednesday November 11 14 27 Monday Thursday Wednesday December 1 Sunday 10 11-20 Tuesday 20 Friday College opens; residence halls open for all stu- dents 12:00 noon Classes begin 8:30 AM Final day for adding/ dropping courses Final day for making up Incomplete grades from prev. semester Washington's Birthday-no classes U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination Spring vacation begins 4:30 PM Residence halls close 6:00 PM Spring vacation ends; Residence halls open 12:00 noon Final day for withdrawal from classes without penalty No classes _ Patriot's Day-no classes Honors Convocation; afternoon classes sus- pended 1:30 PM Last day of spring semester classes Final Examinations Commencement 2:00 PM Campus Quadrangle (Labor Day) Residence Halls open for all stu- dents- 1 2 : 00 noon Classes begin 8:30 AM Final day for dropping/ adding courses Fall Academic Convocation- afternoon classes suspended 1 :30 PM Final day for making up Incomplete grades from previous semester U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination Columbus Day-no classes Final day for withdrawal from classes without penalty Veteran's Day-no classes U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination Thanksgiving recess begins 3:30 PM Residence halls close 5:00 PM Thanksgiving recess ends: Residence halls reopen 3:00 PM Last day of fall semester classes Final semester examinations Residence halls close 6:00 PM any problem or need you bring to their at- tention. All SGA Council members have voting power except for the Treasurer and Secre- tary of each class and residence hall. Recognition Process For Student Organizations All student organizations wishing to oper- ate on campus are required to complete the college recognition process. This process al- lows student organizations to be acknowl- edged by the Student Government Associa- tion and to apply for funds from the Associ- ation. The recognition process provides a guide- line for student organizations to follow so they may be entitled to various support ser- vices around campus such as the use of bulletin boards and booths that can be set up in G-Lobby. These guidelines also in- sure that organization members under- stand their responsibilities as representa- tives of the College. College Recognition Process Submit current constitution and names of officers to the Vice President of Student Affairs / designee. Material Organization Committee shall be made up of two members of the Student Life Staff, one student, and one faculty member. Rights and Privileges of College Recognized Organizations: To use campus facilities; To apply for office space on campus; To use college name; To access post office; To sell / solicit on campus; To apply for funds from SGA and others; To use business office services; To participate in the judicial process; and To have an advisor. Responsibilities of College Recognized Organizations: To use the College Business Office for ad- ministration of all college approved and raised monies: To have a current constitution on file with the Vice President of Student Services /designee which will Include at least the following: Statement of purpose; Membership; Election, officers, duties, recall proce- dure; Source of funds; and Amendment of ratification procedures; To have a statement of purpose which is in accordance with the goals and mission of Fitchburg State College; To have full-time Fitchburg State College students as the majority of its membership; To have full-time students in good aca- demic standing, as officers; To maintain current list of officers with Vice President of Student Affairs/ designee: To adhere to all college, city, state, and federal laws and regulations; To Insure that its membership will not practice any physically or psychologically abusive behaviors, either Intentionally or unintentionally ; To follow all campus scheduling proce- dures and policies; and To have a Fitchburg State College faculty or staff members as an advisor whose re- ponsibilities shall be mutually determined. Proposed Spring 1986 January February March April May June 20 Monday 21 Tuesday 4 Tuesday 17 Monday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 18 Tuesday 21 Friday 30 Sunday 21 Monday 24 Thursday 13 Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15-23 1 Sunday Jennifer Collins '85 Martin Luther King Day College opens; residence halls open for all stu- dents 3:00 PM Classes begin 8:30 AM Final day for adding/ dropping courses Washington's Birthday-no classes Final day for making up Incomplete grades from previous semester U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination Final day for withdrawal from classes without penalty Spring vacation begins 4:30 PM Spring vacation ends; Residence halls open 12:00 noon Patriot's Day-no classes Honors Convocation; afternoon classes suspended 1:30 PM Last day of Spring semester classes No classes Final semester examinations Commencement 2:00 PM Campus Quadrangle STUDENT JUDICIAL CODE The Student Judicial Board shall be com- posed of eight (8) members: five (5) Justices. two (2) Alternate Justices and a Hearing Officer. The selection of these members will occur after the Spring SGA elections. These eight members will be selected by a majority vote of the Judicial Board Selec- tion Committee to be composed of the eight current members and the Advisor to the Board. There shah be well publicized notice of openings on the Judicial Board. Any full- time student In good standing shall be eligi- ble to petition the committee for an appoint- ment to the Judicial Board. The Judicial Selection Committee may not recommend any of its members to the SGA Council for reappointment. They will interview all other applicants. The committee will take the results of the interviews and make recommendations to the SGA for the ap- proval of the appointments which shall re- quire a majority vote of the SGA Council. If by June 1 . the SGA Council has failed to fill any of the eight (8) vacancies on the Board, these positions will be filled by the Judicial Board Advisor. There shall be chosen, by majority vote of the new Judicial Board, from the eight (8) students selected for the Judicial Board positions: A student who shall serve as Chairper- son and conduct the proceedings of the Judicial Board for one full year. A student who shall serve as Hearing Officer, and. in consultation with the Advi- sor: receive and determine the validity of all complaints for prosecution brought before him or her: prosecute action heard by the Board: have any powers necessary to do so which are not inconsistent with these or any other college regulations: and will par- ticipate in discussion but will not vote in determination of responsibility and /or determination of sanctions. The term of office for each Judicial Board member and the Hearing Officer shall be one year. If the Judicial Board member or the Hear- ing Officer shall be unable to complete the term, a replacement will be chosen by the Judicial Board Selection Committee. Any Judicial Board member interested in returning for an additional term will sub- mit a Letter of Intent to the Judicial Board Advisor who may recommend appointment subject to the approval of the SGA. The advisor may hear motions for dis- missal of any Judicial Board member for improper conduct or abuse of that position. The Advisor shall allow a hearing for the Judicial Board member to explain his/her conduct and then shall decide on the mo- tion. If the Judicial Board member Is dis- missed, the dismissal may be appealed to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any Judicial Board member who has been prop- erly dismissed is not eligible to serve an- other term. Procedure: There shall be one meeting of the Judicial Board as soon as possible after Its selection for the purpose of setting up internal oper- ating procedures. A copy of these proce- dures will be made available to any student upon request, and shall be filed with the Student Government Association Secre- tary. Any member of the College com- munity may bring a complaint before the Hearing Officer or the appropriate Vice President's Office within fourteen (14) class days of discovery of alleged misconduct by a student. Any complaint arising from the residence halls may be referred to the Residence Hall Judicial Board. Within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of such notification, the Hearing Officer or the Vice President's Office shall deliver written notice to the student charged. Such notice shall include: The alleged offense: the name of the party making the complaint; the time and place of the hearing: that failure to appear will result in the case being heard in the charged student's absence; information of his/her right to know the names of wit- nesses against him/her, to present wit- nesses on his/her behalf and /or to request a postponement of the hearing date; infor- mation for arranging consultation with the hearing officer or appropriate Vice Presi- dent or designee. The accused shall have five (5) class days after receiving notification to arrange for a consultation with the Hearing Officer and Judicial Board Advisor to: Receive more information regarding the Judicial Code, procedures, rights of the complaint; acknowledge responsibility for the act; and /or choose to have an adminis- trative hearing. This decision once made, is binding on the accused. Judicial cases occuring during the time that the Student Judicial Board is not In session (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring vacations. Summer and the first two weeks of the Fall semester) will be re- ferred to the appropriate Vice President for a hearing and disposition. In case of complaint dealing with aca- demic honesty, the Academic Vice Presi- dent's office will be requested to have repre- sentation In all hearings pertaining to the case. A hearing shall be within six (6) to ten (10) class days of the original notification to the accused unless the Hearing Officer and Judicial Board Advisor, at Its descretlon, grants a delay to the accused. All hearings are open only to the accused, accusor and others taking part In the proceedings. A witness may not testify in the absence of the accused unless the accused fails to ap- pear and the hearing is held in his/her ab- sence. A quorum Is four (4) Justices. In case a quorum is not present, the chairperson shall dismiss the hearing to the earliest possible time a quorum may be constituted within the next two class days. A member of the Judicial Board who is in any way an interested party to a proceed- ing shall disqualify himself / herself from the hearing. The accused shall have the right to ques- tion the complainant and all witnesses. The hearing shall be conducted in an in- formal manner. Rules of evidence need not be applied and the Judicial Board, by unanimous vote of those Justices present may decide whether to consider any piece of evidence presented. The Chairperson may adjourn or recess the proceedings at any time during the pro- ceedings providing the proceedings recon- vene within five class days. In reaching a decision, the Judicial Board shall consider only matters intro- duced into evidence at the hearing. Any decision of the Judicial Board must be ar- rived at by a majority vote of those Justices present. Within two (2) class days of a hearing, the Judicial Board shall deliver to the ac- cused and to the President of the College, a written note of its decision, including its recommended Sanction, and notice to the accused his/her right to appeal. All proceedings of the Judicial Board will be tape recorded. A copy of this recording will be available to the accused for the pur- pose of preparing an appeal: and then will be turned over to the office of the appropri- ate Vice President. Appeals Board The Appeals Board shall consist of three (3) members, two of which shall constitute a quorum: One (1) student-not a member of the Jacqueline Masson '85 Judicial Board, to be chosen by the SGA Council or the President of the College In the absence of a nomination from the SGA Council. One ( 1 ) faculty-to be chosen by the Fac- ulty Association or the President of the Col- lege in the absence of a nomination from the Faculty Association. One (1) admlnlstrator-to be chosen by the President of the College. The term of office for each Appeals Board member shall be one (1) year. If any Ap- peals Board member should be unable to complete the term, a replacement will be chosen by the appropriate segment of the community. There shall be one meeting of the Appeals Board as soon as possible after Its selection for the purpose of setting up In- ternal operating procedures. A copy of these procedures shall be made available to any member of the college community upon request. The accused may, within five (5) class days of the Judicial Board decision, request an appeal to the Appeals Board. Cases will be considered for appeal based on the fol- lowing criteria: Insufficient evidence to determine guilt: Evidence of prejudicial error; Excessive penalty: New evidence; Violation of due process: or other extenuat- ing circumstances as determined by the Appeals Board. Within two (2) class days the Appeals Board shall notify the accused of its deci- sion to hear or not hear the appeal. A hearing shall be within five (5) class days of the decision to hear the appeal un- less the Appeals Board at its discretion, grants a delay to the accused. All hearings are open only to those taking part in the proceedings, and in no case will a witness testify in the absence of the defendant. The members of the Appeals Board shall select a Chairperson who shall conduct the proceedings of the Board for one full year. The same basic procedure followed by the Judicial Board shall be used by the Ap- peals Board when considering procedure. The accused may. within five (5) class days of the Appeals Board decision, request an appeal to the President of the College whose decision is final. Violations: The Judicial Board System will hear viola- tions of: Level I. Broad range of sanctions apply up to and including expulsion. Racial, sexual, physical abuse or any ac- tion which may subject a student or any other person to physical or mental danger or injury. Theft of property or services on campus or at college sponsored events: knowingly possessing stolen property. Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging the property of the college or others. Unauthorized distribution or possession for the purpose of distribution of any con- trolled substance or Illegal drugs or alcohol on college property or at any college spon- sored event. False reports of fires or other dangerous conditions (except those resulting from rea- sonable error or accident). Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire safety equipment. Knowingly violating the terms of any dis- ciplinary Sanction Imposed by any Judi- cial Board in accordance with any of the Judicial Codes or written notices from a college official. Possession or use of firearms, fireworks or other hazardous or dangerous weapons or substances on campus or at any college sponsored event. Level n. Broad range of sanctions may apply up to and including Suspension. Unauthorized possession or use of any controlled substance or illegal drugs in- eluding alcohol on college property or at any college sponsored event. Intentionally or recklessly Interfering with normal college sponsored activities or substantially interfering with an Individu- al's freedom of expression Including but not limited to studying, teaching, research, discrimination or harassment of any kind. All forms of academic dishonesty Includ- ing cheating, fabrications, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty. Tampering with or falsifying any college record or official document or the records of judicial groups or knowingly submitting false Information for incorporation in such records. Level HI. Broad range of Sanctions apply up to and including Probation. Unauthorized possession of fireworks on campus or at college sponsored events. Representing oneself as another person with or without that person's permission. Failure to adhere to any college policy stated In the College Catalogue, Student Handbook, Housing Occupancy Agreement or other official College Publications of rules / regulations or guidelines. Failure to produce a valid personal I.D. upon request to any person who properly Identifies himself /herself as acting In an of- ficial capacity. Sanctions: Immediate Suspension. The President of the College may act to remove immediately from the campus as necessary any student who may be acting contrary to the safety of well-being of himself / herself , others, or the property of the college. A hearing shall be conducted within five (5) class days of such" action. The Judicial Board may Impose any of the following Sanctions or combination thereof following a finding of responsibility. Expulsion. Permanent removal from the college. Suspension I. Removal from the college. Re- view for readmlttance will be granted only after expiration of two calendar years from the time of removal. Suspension 17. Removal from the college for a period of one or two semesters or balance thereof. No registration, class attendance, participation in co-currlular activities, or college housing will be permitted during this time. Suspended Suspension. A suspended re- moval from the college for a period of one or two semesters or balance thereof. Any proven offense committed during this period will cause the suspension to take ef- fect for the balance of the period In addition to the Sanction given for the latest offense. Probation. A period of time during which a student's actions are subject to close examination. A student on Academic and /or Dlscipllanry Probation, Suspended Suspension, Suspension or Expulsion will not be allowed to serve on campus repre- sentative committees, hold elected office or appointed campus wide office or be a mem- ber of any intercollegiate athletic team, nor shall he/ she be eligible to apply for campus based financial aid during the second semester of a two semester probation. Restriction. A student may be denied ac- cess to any college building, area, activity, class or academic program. Educational /College Community Service. A student may be assigned some type of community service or educational project. Fines. A levy of a fine up to three times the value of property taken from a rightful owner without authorization, or property willfully damaged, destroyed or abused. Money collected In excess of property value will be turned over to a Student Loan Fund or Scholarship Fund. Restitution. Compensation for damage or offense committed through the payment of money or through appropriate work re- quirement related to the offense, which work In no way degrades the Individual or Inhibits academic progress. Censure. A written reprimand. The writing will also state that further occurrence of the" given offense may be considered with preju- dice during future Judicial Board action. Admonition. A written warning or advice that certain conduct has been offensive. Records Records of the Judicial Board will be main- tained In the Student Affairs Office. Such records shall normally be kept on file for one full academic year, portion thereof, or for the duration of a Sanction. In the case of Suspension, Limited Expulsion or Expul- sion, a note to that effect will also be on file In the Registrar's office as part of the stu- dent's permanent folder. All records will be governed by Federal and State Laws as Is applicable. Decisions All decisions of the Judicial Board are sub- ject to final approval of the President of the College. Waiver Any student may waive any of his/her rights hereunder, including the student's right to a hearing. By agreement of the Hearing Officer and the students who are parties to any action, a step in the hearing procedure may be postponed for the pur- pose of resolution by agreement of parties. Reassessment The rules and regulations and the opera- tion of the Judicial Board shall be evalu- ated no later than six (6) weeks after the beginning of the second semester by the Student Affairs Committee of the All Col- lege Committee and the Student Govern- ment Association. COLLEGE ATHLETICS The department of Athletics at the Fitch- burg State College, supported by an ath- letic fee, offers you the opportunity to par- ticipate in activities at the varsity, intra- mural and recreational level in order to de- velop yourself as a person first, a student second, an athlete third, and as a cham- pion fourth. The Women's Athletic Association and Men's Intramural Board How do you become a member of the Women's Athletic Association, commonly called WAA? Paying your tuition bill auto- matically guarantees you a semester of fun and excitement! The organization plans recreational activities as well as many in- tramural sports. Put your athletic abilities to use, become involved in WAA!! You can also join the men's Intramural Board. The MIB consists of a small group of elected male students who organize and run the intramural athletic events for the college community. Participation through fierce but fun competition is greatly re- warded in events such as soccer, basket- ball, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, and a weight! tfting tournament. Intramurals An active intramural program offers the op- portunity for you to participate in a wide range of sports in an atmosphere that stresses sportsmanship, fun, and enjoy- ment. Team and individual competition is offered in such sports as volleyball, basket- ball, bowling, ice/ street hockey, football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. If you are In- terested in forming a team, rosters can be obtained at the intramural office (Anthony Building). The roster should be filled out and returned to the office before the sched- uled deadline. Recreation Recreational activities are provided to all students by recommendations made to the Women's Athletic Association and Men's Intramural Board. These organizations are responsible for such activities as ice/ roller skating parties, splash parties, tennis and badminton tournaments, racquetball nights, broom hockey, cross-country skiing and many other sporting events. Open gym and open weight room time is also avail- able throughout the week for you to use when a break from studying is needed. Facilities Parkinson Gymnasium contains the weight room for training and conditioning pur- poses and the office of the certified Athletic Trainer. Outdoor facilities for the athletic programs, located at the Robert G. Elliot Complex on Pearl Hill Road, include fields for soccer, football, field hockey, baseball and intramurals. Also available is a chem- turf track, tennis courts, and outdoor bas- ketball courts which double as ice skating rinks during the winter season. At McKay Campus School, the gym- nasium is utilized for intramural activities and on the grounds is our new varsity soft- ball diamond. All ice programs are held at the George Wallace Civic Center. The of- fices of the Department of Athletics are housed in the Anthony Building on the main campus directly across from Campus Security. THE HAMMOND BUILDING The Library Robert Frost once defined home as the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in. This same concept of an ex- tended welcome could also be applied to your college library, the primary function of which Is to help students locate Informa- tion and learn some basic research skills. When you come to the library you will be given Information concerning hours of ser- vice, rules for borrowing books, periodicals, and microfilms that will be used for your courses. Most Important of all, you will have a chance to meet some very friendly people who actually enjoy working with students and are trained to provide assist- ance. Come on over and tell them Mr. Casey sent you. The Information Desk This Is the main switchboard of the College; It's located outside the library entrance. You can visit or call the Information Desk at ext. 2151 to find out what school spon- sored events are scheduled or where just about anyone on campus can be found. For Information about faculty absences or school cancellations call (617) 342-9614 for a recorded message. The Information Desk Is also where you go for lost and found, jumper cables, and It is where you can pick up the semester and weekly Campus Center Calendars or use the on-campus courtesy phone. If you have a question about anything having to do with FSC, call the Information , Desk. The person working will find some- one who can help you out. The Art Gallery Three displays of various kinds of artwork are featured at the Art Gallery each semes- ter. The entrance to the Art Gallery is a stone's throw to the right of the Information Desk. Past displays have featured such ac- claimed artists and photographers as Mlro, Picasso, Adams, and Rothstein as well as many regional artists. Students and faculty may also have work from their photogra- phy, graphics and art classes on show at the end of Spring Semester, giving the col- lege community a chance to witness the In- novative, combined talents of FSC. The Game Room Pool tables, ping pong, pinball machines, video games and board games are available for any student to play in the Games Room. You can also borrow backpacks, canoes, cross country skis, and other recreational equipment for free just by leaving your stu- dent ID with the Games Room attendant. Billiard. and ping pong tournaments are also held in the Games Room for sharp- shooters and klngplngers. The Union Stop Pub On Sunday nights, the Union Stop hosts a coffeehouse open to all students. Folk gui- tarists, comedians, singers and an occa- sional movie are usually featured to mellow you out and put your mind at ease for the week ahead. Coffee and cake is complimen- tary. Monday through Friday night the Union Stop serves beer and wine for upperclass- men. Popcorn and a large screen T.V. help create a speakeasy setting where you can socialize, watch Monday Night Football or Dynasty. Following is a list of Union Stop Rules: Only those persons over the Massachu- setts drinking age may be admitted to the Pub when alcohol is being sold. Proper Identification is necessary for ad- mittance. All students must show an FSC College ID and a Massachusetts driver's li- cense or Registry Card. All guests must show a Massachusetts driver's license or Registry alcohol ID. Employees of the Pub may at their dis- cretion refuse service to persons who ap- pear Intoxicated or whose behavior dis- turbs other Pub patrons. Offenders may be asked to leave in both cases. The Crafts Center You may use up $3.00 worth of free craft supplies each semester in the Crafts Center. There are potters wheels, clay and a kiln, silkscreening supplies, paints and an at- tendant on duty to help you create your own Mona Lisa. The Crafts Center is proud to offer a wide variety of Mini-Courses such as calligra- phy, painting, batlklng, and many other funky arts for the beatnik In you. The Crafts Center Is open Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Consult the Information desk for hours of operation. RESIDENCE LIFE Staff AH residence facilities are staffed by Resi- dent Assistants and a Resident Director. Resident Assistants are generally upper- class students who have been highly trained in such areas as peer counseling and referral, crisis Intervention, emergency response, and programming. Their primary responsibilities are to assist residents In getting the most out of their Residence Hall experience through maintaining an envi- ronment conducive to academic pursuits, providing educational and social programs, and assisting residents in adapting to a group living situation. Resident Assistants are supervised by Resident Directors. These full time professional staff members, who are responsible for the overall func- tioning of the Residence Life Program, are also available to assist residents with their personal / academic problems. The Residence Life Judicial Board The Residence Life Judicial Board Is com- prised of eight representative students and a Resident Director who Is both member and advisor. Student representatives are selected through a competitive interview process at the beginning of each academic year. All Infractions of rules and regula- tions, set forth in this handbook. In the Residence Hall Contract and posted within the Residence Halls, are potentially within the jurisdiction of the Residence Life Judi- cial Board. In practice, a resident may be called Into, or request, an administrative hearing as opposed to appearing before the Board. The purpose of the Board Is to promote responsibility. Residents have the oppor- tunity to have their cases heard by a group of their peers In cases in which no Immedi- ate administrative response Is required. The decision to bring a case In front of the Judicial Board Is made by the resldent(s) involved, the Resident Assistant, and the Resident Director. Possible sanctions of the Judicial Board range from warning letters up to and In- cluding eviction from Residence Life. As this Is an educational Institution, it Is Im- portant to realize that most Judicial Board sanctions will Involve some sort of com- munity service. Residence Life Regulations Maintenance. Each residence facility Is staffed by cleaning /maintenance workers. This staff Is responsible for ordinary day to day cleaning of all public areas (lounges, bathrooms, hallways, etc.). They are not, however, responsible for providing a per- sonal maid service, nor are they expected to clean up areas you may have abused. Costs for extra cleaning or abuse of the premises will be billed to the residents of the hall. Judicial or administrative action may lead to loss of residency privileges where dam- age is excessive. Take care In using all pub- lic space appropriately. In addition to cleaning, maintenance Is provided on a regular basis, based on priority system. In order to Insure that maintenance of com- mon areas Is occuring as needed, be certain you report all-maintenance problems to your Resident Assistant as soon as possi- ble. Damages. The Resident Assistant for your area will give you a room. Inventory sheet for your room when you move In. You have the opportunity to add any damages or comment on the condition of the room be- fore returning this sheet to your Resident Assistant. Regular Inspections of your room will be made by your Resident Assis- tant to ensure that it Is meeting health and safety standards. When you move out of your room, you must have your room checked out by your Resident Assistant. All residents must make an appointment with their Resident Assistant In order to com- plete the Inventory sheet before moving out of the Residence Halls. Any student falling to do so will be reported. Persons responsi- ble for damage In these areas will be charged. It Is In your best Interest to report any Incidents Involving damage. Keys. You will receive keys when you check Into the Residence Hall. These keys are your responsibility until you move out. In order to assist In maintaining safety within the Residence Halls, your lock cylinder will be changed, at your cost, if your key is lost or stolen. Duplication of keys Issued by the Residence Life staff is In violation of the Residency agreement and could lead to loss of residency privileges. Safety and Security Although the Residence Life Program en- deavors to maintain a safe and secure envi- ronment, most of it Is up to you. Here are some hints for maintaining safety: Always lock your door and take your keys, even during the day. Report any suspicious looking persons within your hall to campus police, the desk manager, or the Resident Assistant on duty. At night, when the front doors are locked, do not let strangers into the building. Never give out any Information regarding another resident. Try not to walk on the streets alone at night. If you must, tell a friend where you are going and when you will be back. Make a list of all your personal property Including Identifying serial numbers and manufacturer. Record the number of all credit cards and checking accounts. Also, keep the addresses of these companies and banks to notify them In case of theft. Keep money and valuables In a secure place. A little common sense can go a long way In making your living environment a safer place In which to live. Fire Safety Equipment Each Residence Hall has a fire alarm sys- tem directly connected to the Fltchburg Fire Department. Fire hoses, heat and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms, and exit signs are present. Fire safety procedures and exit routes are posted In each Hall. Fire drills are held on a regular basis. Tampering with fire safety equipment or causing a false alarm are serious offenses punishable by eviction from the Residence Halls as well as further Judicial action. Fire doors In halls and stairwells must remain closed at all times. Weapons. The possession or use of fire- arms, ammunition, or any Instrument which could inflict bodily harm Is strictly prohibited in the Residence Halls and is a violation of city and state laws. OFF-CAMPUS LIVING The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) has two major goals: (1) to assist students, faculty, and staff in their search for ade- quate and affordable housing; and (2) to provide housing related educational ma- terial, advocacy, and mediation for the stu- dent-tenant population. These goals are pursued through two areas: listing services and an Information /mediation program. Listing Services The OCHO listing has been updated through the college computer network via a recently acquired terminal and printer. With this Innovation, OCHO has the capa- bility of offering off-campus housing lists as they become available with no time delay as in the past. The list Includes apartments for rent, apartments In complexes, houses for rent, rooms for rent, and roommates wanted. In addition, OCHO has. on file, all landlord names and phone numbers who have listed with the office in the past. The Lease The lease is a binding, enforceable, legal agreement, which should not be taken lightly. Before signing it, read the lease carefully and make sure you understand It completely. Any changes the landlord agrees to must be put In writing with his/her signature In order that the docu- ment be legally binding. Although the lease is a legal document, some landlords may include Illegal provi- sions, which are unenforceable. Such provisions usually release the landlord from some obligations to the tenant. Legal advice should be sought If you are unsure about any of the terms In the lease. Any Illegal provisions do not Invalidate the re- maining portions of the lease. Each tenant Is entitled to a signed copy of the lease. If you are not given a copy at the time of the signing, the landlord is re- quired to send you one within 30 days. Failure of the landlord to do so does not in- validate the lease, but you may not be bound by all of Its provisions. The minimum requirements for a lease are the period of tenancy, clearly stated with specific dates, the amount of rent to be charged, and when it is due. To Lease or Not To Lease Generally speaking, once a lease is signed the tenant is responsible for paying the rent every month for the duration of the lease, whether or not the tenant lives there. For example. If you have a lease for September through May and decide to leave school in January, you are still responsible for pay- ing the rent through May. A lease, however, prevents the landlord from raising the rent for the duration of the lease. A tenant who occupies the apartment with the landlord's permission, but without a written lease, Is called a tenant at will. The advantage of not having a lease Is that the tenant may move out at any time. The disadvantage Is that the landlord can ask you to leave at any time. The tenant and landlord must agree to any change In the terms of the tenancy. Any disagreement may end In either the tenant or the landlord ending the tenancy by giving the other a 30 day written notice. For example, if , as a tenant at will, you wish to move out by June 1st, you must deliver to your landlord a written notice of Intention to do so no later than April 30th of that year. The land- lord Is held to the same requirements If he wishes to end your tenancy. Damage or Security Deposits The landlord may require a damage or se- curity deposit when the lease Is signed, which must be no more than one month's rent. In addition to the security deposit, the landlord may require the first and last month's rent. The security deposit may not be used for rent unless the landlord agrees. Any other fees the landlord tries to charge you may be Illegal. Seek legal advice If you are In doubt. One year after the security de- posit Is paid, the landlord must give the tenant interest on the money. In the case of the tenant leaving before one full year, the landlord owes no Interest. You may have to remind your landlord that you have Inter- est due you and deduct It from your rent If necessary. It Is Important to obtain a re- ceipt listing the amount paid, its purpose, and the date. Before you move Into the apartment. It Is advisable to go through the apartment with the landlord and make a list of all the dam- ages which both parties should sign. Keep a copy for yourself. If it is not possible to make a list with a landlord present, you have 15 days from the day the security de- posit was paid to make a list, sign It, and give It to your landlord. The landlord may have his own list. No matter what the list, make sure you keep a copy signed by the landlord. After you move out, the landlord has 30 days to return the security deposit. If he claims that you damaged the apartment and Intends to use the security deposit to make repairs, he must give you a written list of the damages and the cost to repair them along with the remaining money from your deposit within 30 days. The list must not Include any of the damages that were on the list made when you first moved In. The landlord who loses the list of damages that was made when the tenant moved in must return the full security deposit even If the tenant still has his copy. Also, you can- not be charged for reasonable wear and tear to the apartment, such as dirt on the walls or carpets. Failure of the landlord to return the deposit or an Itemized list of damages within 30 days gives the tenant the right to sue the landlord In small claims court. Repairs in Your Apartment If your apartment is In need of repair, there are several ways to encourage the landlord to make them. First, make sure the land- lord knows what the problems are. Send a dated letter listing the repairs needed, re- taining a copy of the letter for your records. Allow a reasonable time for him to respond, as determined by the conditions In disre- pair. If the landlord Ignores your request, call the Health Department and ask for an in- spection. Have a list of needed repairs In hand when the Inspector arrives. A list of State requirements that must be met by the landlord Is available In the SGA office. The Inspector will send a list of viola- tions to the landlord and give him a period of time, which can be 24 hours to 30 days, depending on the violation, in which to make repairs. If the landlord does not make the repairs In the time specified, he can be prosecuted. There are a few more assertive ways to have repairs made. If an appliance that comes with the apartment Is not working, and the landlord has been notified, but seems to be taking his time about fixing it, the tenant has a legal right to negotiate a rent deduction with the landlord. This is an Instance when having a good working rela- tionship with your landlord can be very valuable. Another way to get your landlord moving is to wlthold rent until the repairs needed are made. There are certain rules you must follow to legally wlthold rent. The first step In rent wlrholding Is to get legal advice be- cause you can be evicted it you don't follow the legal procedure correctly. Before you can start wlrholding rent you must be paid up In your rent. You must have an Inspec- tion by The Health Department and the In- spector must find and report a violation, not caused by you. which may endanger or materially Impair the health or safety of the occupants. The violation must be repair- able without your evacuating the apart- ment. The next step is to notify your land- lord, by certified mail, that you have a re- port of the dangerous or unhealthy condi- tions, and state that you will withhold the rent until they are fixed. One other method to have repairs made Is called Repair and Deduct. There is a legal procedure that must be followed so once again legal advice should be sought before acting on this. First, a health inspector must examine the apartment and find a violation which Is endangering or materi- ally Impairs the health and safety of the oc- cupants. Your landlord usually has 5 days to begin or contract for the repairs and must complete them In two weeks. If he doesn't comply, you may have them com- pleted and deduct the cost from the rent. However, you may not spend more than 4 months' rent each year to make repairs. Again, seek legal advice when taking ac- tion! Eviction In order to evict the tenant, the landlord must follow a legal procedure. He cannot lock you out or physically throw you out. It Is Illegal for him to get you out without first notifying you and then getting a court order. The notice the landlord sends you telling you to leave is called notice to quit. This is not a court document and it Is illegal for your landlord to make it look as If it is. The notice usually says that you should quit the premises within a certain number of days, and the reason for the eviction. If you have a lease, the only two reasons that your landlord can use to evict you are non-payment of rent or violating one of the provisions of the lease. For non-payment of rent, your landlord must give a 14-day written notice but if you pay the total amount of rent due within ten days of re- ceiving notice he cannot precede with the eviction. Tenants without leases can be evicted for any reason, or no reason, but still must re- ceive the proper notice. Once the notice is delivered, the tenant need not leave im- mediately. A summons must be served after the expiration or the written notice. Therefore, legal advice should be obtained as soon as possible. You must go to court, as the summons directs, with a list of de- fenses to the eviction. For example, you've paid your rent and have receipts to prove it, you are legally withholding your rent, or your landlord didn't follow the eviction procedures correctly. Even if the defense Is valid, the judge may not rule in your favor. If the verdict favors the landlord, an "execution" will be issued which will order your eviction on certain date. However, the judge may issue a stay of execution enabling you to remain up to six months. You cannot be evicted within six months of charging your landlord with violating a health ordinance because the court as- sumes the landlord Is just acting vengeful- iy ALCOHOL POLICIES Following the alcohol policies are student rules and regulations you should be aware of. Fitchburg State College recognizes that federal, state and local laws govern the manufacture, transportation, distribution, storage, sale and use of alcoholic bever- ages. Strict adherence to these laws must be observed: A license by the city of Fitchburg is re- quired if alcoholic beverages are to be sold. No person or group shall purchase or other- wise procure alcoholic beverages for the purpose of consumption by a minor, as le- gally defined, unless the acquiring person is the spouse, parent, or guardian of the minor. Anyone under the legal drinking age shall not purchase in any manner or trans- port alcoholic beverages. Transportation is permitted only In the company of a parent or guardian. Public intoxication Is now governed by civil statutes Involving potential civil com- mitment. Driving a motor vehicle under the influence is illegal. Violations of civil law are subject to civil action. A Fitch- burg City Ordinance calls for a $200.00 fine for possession of open liquor containers in public In the city of Fitchburg. In addition to the preceding laws and others which may be established by legisla- tive bodies, the following rules and regula- tions apply to the property of Fitchburg State College and its use by college students /or employees. (College property includes property owned or leased by the Massachusetts State College Building Au- thority and used by the College.) Functions must be restricted to members of the college community and their guests. Alcoholic beverages may not be served, sold or consumed at the McKay Campus School (GL 272 Section 40A.) Serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages at cam- pus functions will be permitted only after approval concerning the purpose, time, place, type of beverage and other pertinent information, by the appropriate officer of the respective segment or other group. They are: Faculty: Academic Vice President Students: Vice President for Student Affairs Staff: Assistant to the President Recognized college organizations, after re- ceiving clearance for use of college prop- erty, may apply for a license from the Fitch- burg Licensing Commission, City Hall, 718 Main Street. Fitchburg, Mass. Telephone 342-1817. All requests shall be submitted seven (7) working days in advance and shall indicate how the beverage will be funded and who will obtain the license. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in resi- dence halls is permitted in accordance with the existing laws. On other college property alcoholic beverages may be consumed only when approved by the designated office of the respective segment. Violation of college regulations will be considered by the respective officer of the involved segment. The following policies apply to activities at which alcoholic bever- ages will be served: When alcoholic bever- ages are served as part of a campus activi- ty, food and non-alcoholic beverages must be made available. Alcoholic beverages may not continue to be served if the non-al- coholic beverages run out. Advertising for activities where alcoholic beverages are being served cannot place the emphasis on alcohol. The price of alcoholic beverages cannot be displayed or stated. All advertis- ing (posters, flyers, announcements) must be approved by the appropriate source prior to distribution. All alcoholic beverages must be sold for an individually priced amount. Selling al- cohol at "5 drinks for a $1.00" or "2 for 1" will not be permitted. No more than two (2) drinks shall be sold and /or served to a pa- tron at one time. The serving of alcoholic beverages at campus activities must stop one half hour before the closing of the activity. It will be the responsibility of the individual organi- zation, or group sponsoring the activity, to properly assure that participants are of legal age. Proper I.D.'s include a Fitchburg State College I.D., picture driver's license, alcohol beverage card or any combination of the three. Individual organizations, or groups sponsoring activities where alcohol is served shall abide by the established regu- lations and ordinances enacted by the state of Massachusetts, City of Fitchburg Board of License Commission. The sponsoring individual, organization, or group is responsible for carrying out the policies above: if the sponsoring individ- ual, organization, or group violates any of the aforementioned policies, then that indi- vidual, organization, or group only is re- sponsible and will be penalized. y CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS This is a summary of the Massachusetts State College System Guidelines pertaining to Confidentiality of Student Records. Copies of the Guidelines are available for study at the library and at offices where records are kept. Education Records include records, files, documents and other materials which... contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by an educa- tional agency or institution. The following are excluded: personal files of faculty and administrators: law enforcement records; medical, psychiatric, or psychological records, and employment records of non- student personnel. Access Rights of Students. Students have access to records other than those pertain- ing to parental financial information and those containing confidential evalutions and recommendations written prior to January 1, 1975. A student may waiver his/her right to access to materials sub- mitted after that date but must not be re- quired to do so. When a waiver has been employed, the student may, upon request, be notified of the names of those who have submitted evaluations or recommenda- tions. Access Rights of Others. No one shall ac- cess education records without written con- sent by the student except for the following: Faculty and staff who have a legitimate interest; Federal auditors who require in- formation by state and /or federal statute; Financial aid personnel processing applica- tions; Research agencies which must use data in such a way that individuals cannot be identified and who will destroy the infor- mation when it is no longer needed; Accred- iting agencies; Parents of dependent stu- dents under certain conditions; or others in emergency situations involving health or safety. How to Gain Access to a Record A student who wishes to examine a record must obtain a request form from the Regis- trar's Office upon presentation of a proper identification card. The request form must be completed, and a photostat together with the identification card presented to the office where the record is kept. Only the permanent card (transcript) is considered as a permanent educational record. Other Type of Record Academic (transcripts, etc.) Admissions Athletic Disciplinary Financial -' Financial Aid /Scholarships Placement Veterans records may be destroyed in accordance with established schedules. Students may challenge contents of a record. The keeper of said record will discuss the challenge and indicate steps available to the student. Types and Locations of Records The listing (below) denotes types of records and the record keeping office in the daytime session of the College. Students in other sessions of the College should consult with the offices of those Divisions to deter- mine their record-keeping locations. Since physical location of offices is sub- ject to change, the student should consult the directory at the Highland Avenue en- trance to the Administration Building. Questions related to the material above should be referred to the Student Affairs Of- fice. Again, it should be noted that the above is a digest and that the complete guidelines are available for study at the of- fice listed above and in the Library. Private and Confidentiality Regulations Pursuant to Fair Information Practices Act Privacy and Confidentiality Regulations Pursuant to the Fair Information Practices Act - F.I.P.A. - (Chapter 776 of the Acts of 1975) are posted, together with a copy of Chapter 776 and the name of the F.I.P.A. administrator on appropriate bulletin boards at the College. They may also be ex- amined at the offices of the Vice Presidents of the College. Included in these regulations are the following sections intended to im- plement this law. I. Intent n. Definitions III. Implementation Responsibilities IV. Security Procedures V. Maintaining Records of Data Usage VI. Access to Personal Data VII. Data Subject Objection VTTI. General Procedures DC. Enforcement Procedures Students should note that if any of these regulations should conflict with applicable provisions of the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amend- ed, or of any regulations promulgated pur- suant to said act, the provisions of said fed- eral act of federal regulations shall control. Office Registrar Director of Admissions Director of Athletics Student Affairs Business Office Director of Financial Aid Director of Career Serv. Coordinator of Veterans Affairs Jacqueline Masson '85 MISCELLANEOUS Accidents All accidents should be reported to the Stu- dent Affairs Office. Campus Security, or the Health Service. Animals on Campus Due to health and safety considerations, no animals can be allowed on campus or In campus buildings at any time. Obvious ex- ceptions would be seelng-eye dogs and laboratory animals. Bulletin Boards Bulletin Boards are available In most cam- pus buildings. Most signs, announcements, etc.. must be approved by SGA or the Stu- dent Affairs Office prior to being posted. The SGA also maintains a number of bulle- tin boards across campus. Check with the SGA office for specific information regard- ing location and guidelines for use. Change of Name and Adddress You should promptly report any change of name or address to the Registrar's office so that your permanent record can be cor- rected accordingly. Cancellation of Classes In the event of inclement weather the can- cellation of classes will be reported on WBZ. WEIM, WFGL. WTAG. WLMS, and WEEI radio stations. Faculty absences are posted daily In the Condike Science Building and Thompson Hall Bulletin Boards. Call (617) 342-9614 for a recorded message on faculty absences and school cancellation. Emergency Loans If you need cash in a hurry and aren't able to get to your bank or borrow it, the Stu- dent Affairs Office has a program which provides short-term loans. Loans are avail- able for up to $50.00 and must be repaid within two months. All requests are han- dled on an individual basis. Facilities Reservations All requests for use of on-campus facilities must be initiated in the Campus Center Of- fice. Please consult the Campus Center for information regarding facilities and refer to the Programmer's Guide, published by the Campus Center, for specific Information. I.D.s Every student is Issued a picture I.D. card. The I.D. Is your passport for campus ser- vices and activities Including the use of the library and pub. Failure to produce your I.D. upon request by any designated official Is a violation of college policy. If you lose your I.D. you should apply to the Student Affairs Office for a replacement for which you will be charged S2.00. Lockers There are student lockers located in the In- dustrial Arts Building and Campus Center. A key for the semester may be obtained at the Campus Center Information Desk for a $5.00 refundable deposit. Lost and Found Lost and found articles may be claimed at the Campus Center Information Desk, or Campus Security Office. Transcripts Transcripts are available from the Office of the Registrar and will be sent at your re- quest for a charge of $1.00 (see Student Rules sections concerning the obtaining of records). Past-Due Student Accounts Any indebtedness to the College which be- comes past due, immediately jeopardizes the student's enrollment and no such stu- dent shall be permitted to graduate or regis- ter for a subsequent semester or summer school term. Further, any student who fails to pay all indebtedness to the College may not be issued diplomas, degrees, or other of- ficial statements, unless otherwise man- dated by law. Examples of past due ac- counts are tuition bills not paid or de- faulted student loans. Due dates are posted annually by the treasurer. Massachusetts Trespass Act Fitchburg State College Is governed by the Massachusetts Trespass Act. enacted June 2. 1969. Trespassing Upon the Land of Certain Institutions Whoever willfully trespasses upon land or premises belonging to the Commonwealth, or any authority established by the general court for purposes Incidental to higher education, and after notice from an officer of any said Institution to leave said land, remains thereon, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50.00 or by Impris- onment for not more than three months. Policies Regarding Large Scale Alcohol Events All student organizations planning to spon- sor a Large Scale Alcohol Event on campus must submit their proposal to LAEC (Large Alcohol Event Committee) and adhere to its policies. The Large Alcohol Event Committee Is a group of eight students who have the re- sponsibility of aiding in the planning, su- pervision, and evaluation of Large Scale Al- cohol Events on the Fitchburg State College Campus. The LAEC Policies and Procedures apply to all events meeting the following criteria: Anticipated attendance will be two hun- dred plus (200 + ) individuals; Alcoholic beverages will be sold: A fee will be charged for admission to the event; or Appropriated student fees are used. A copy of LAEC Poli- cies and Procedures can be obtained from the SGA office. Campus Center Office or the Student Affairs Office in Sanders Adminis- tration Building. Responsibilities include: helping students leam management skills and responsibil- ity. Aid student organization in fund rais- ing. Provide events at which students can enjoy the atmosphere and the environment in a responsible manner. Insure that the policies of Fitchburg State College are ad- hered to. Contact with LAEC may be made through the SGA office, the Campus Center office or the Student Affairs office. Non-discrimination Fitchburg State College, in accordance with Executive Orders 1 1246 and 1 1375. Titles IV. VI. VII. IX. X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended In 1972. Titles VTI and VIII of the Public Health Service Act. and other applicable state and federal statutes, reaffirms Its policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action to ensure equal op- portunity in the educational programs and activities which It operates, and In recruit- ment and employment of faculty or staff. The policy, which Is consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, states: Fitchburg State College's policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, (including sexual har- assment), age, color, creed, national ori- gin, marital or parental status, or handi- cap, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and in the recruitment and admissions of stu- dents, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by various applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Any em- ployee or student who believes that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, marital or parental status or handicap, may utilize the College's Complaint Proce- dures, available from the Director of Per- sonnel, Dr. Thomas Coates, whose office Is located on the first floor in the Sanders Ad- ministration Building. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of, or compliance with the laws and regulations prohibiting such discrimi- nation should be addressed to Dr. Thomas Coates. who has been designated Title VTI. Vni, and IX Coordinator (Ext. 3173) or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. United States Department of Education, Washing- ton, D.C. HARD-TO- FIND ROOMS Shaun Rouine '84 If you have ever had to find one of these rooms, you'll appreciate this handy refer- ence list telling you exactly where they are. A100, A102, etc. (Conlon Industrial Arts. Basement level). Enter the Conlon Indus- trial Arts building from Highland Ave. (it's the main entrance); turn to the stairs on your right and go down. At the bottom open the red door and A 100- 104 are to the left. A108-1 14 are to the right. A302A, A302B. A302D (Conlon Indus- trial Arts. 3rd floor). Go through the main entrance to the Conlon LA. building and up the stairs which are on your right. Take a left and walk into Image Systems. The A, B, and D rooms are off the main work area. CM 150 (Conlon Fine Arts. First Floor). Enter the Conlon Fine Arts building (next to Weston Auditorium) from North Street. The entrance to CM 1 50 is through the dou- ble wooden doors across from where you stand. The room is a moderate-sized audi- torium. GCR1. GCR2, (Gym classrooms 1 and 2). These are in the Parkinson Gym. It is easi- est to find them by going just beyond the base of the blue smokestack and through the back gym door that faces North Street. GCR1 Is the third door on your right and GCR2. which is also the weight room, is the first door on your left. HBH1, HBH2. etc. (Hammond Building, 3rd floor). These are actually areas set off by wall dividers. They are found on the third floor or the Library. Come out of the elevator or stairwell and take a right. The HBH rooms are on the immediate right; one (1) is at the far right end of the building. MK-A1 (McKay. A-wing 1st floor). In- stead of going all the way down to the last McKay entrance, enter through the first one near the flagpoles. MK-A1 Is In the elemen- tary school, or A. wing of the building on the bottom floor. P AUD (Percival Auditorium). This one is easy, it's Just that no one knows what it means. Just enter Percival Hall from the quad, go up the short set of stairs and through the blue-green double doors on your right, and you're there. SLH (Science Lecture Hall). Isn't this fun? This room is a tiered lecture hall (like old movie theaters) located Just Inside the quad entrance to the low, brick. Sanders Admin- istration building. Tl. T2. T3, T5 (Thompson 1. 2. etc). Enter Thompson Hall from the quad, take a right and walk for 20 paces. At the wall- mounted payphone take two rights to the down staircase. Go down and take a left around the base of the stairs. T3 is In the middle of the corridor on your left and Tl, T2. and T5 are all the way to the end of the corridor.